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Deutsche Bank Playing Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet, an Arts Review by Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School
‘Romeo and Juliet' is one of Shakespeare's best and most loved plays. There have been films and books based around the true love which is shared between Romeo and Juliet. The emotive language used throughout makes it a wonderful expression of the ideas of loyalty... (read more...)
SCE Arts Award Success by The SCE Arts Projects Team
Windsor and King's Secondary Schools had a 100% success in the SCE Arts Awards Moderation on June 8th 2013. Corrie Lunghi, Arts Awards Moderator from Arts Council England moderated the files of the young people.52 students were successful, all gained Shakespeare Challenge... (read more...)
Wicked, An Arts Review By Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School
Wicked is a truly amazing show and it tells the story of before Dorothy came to Oz; when 'Glinda, The Good Witch' and 'The Wicked Witch of the West' were simply Galinda and Elphaba, two students at Shiz University. The two are enemies at first, making the fact... (read more...)
Much Ado About Nothing, An Arts Review By Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School
Much Ado About Nothing tells a story of love, deception, pain and wit. The performance begins with a scene from a battle, in which a criminal is captured; then, we are taken to the house of Leonato, a wealthy man and brother to sinister Don John. Don... (read more...)
Jersey Boys, An Arts Review by Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School
Oh What A Night! The beginning number to this dream of a show and the perfect way to sum up the night I spent watching this musical. Jersey Boys is based on the rise to fame of the world famous group The Four Seasons; it tells the story... (read more...)
The Lion King, An Arts Review by Kathryn Monkcom
Episkopi Primary School: Wednesday, 2nd December 2009
Lion King production poster
During the summer 2009 I was lucky enough to watch Disney’s lion king at the Lyceum theatre, London. The memorable music and lyrics were written by Elton John and Tim Rice and the Production starred Andile Gumbi as Simba and George Asprey as Scar.
The musical numbers were catchy and lively with a strong message such as acuna matata (no worries) and I can’t wait to be king. No matter where you look throughout the songs there is something exciting happening, waiting to grab your attention and be added to your long list of great things about the show. It wasn’t just the songs that made the sound but the singing too. There were some extremely talented voices to be heard especially ones such as Brown Lindiwe Mkhize (who played Rafiki, the narrator) who had some challenging notes to hit and yet did so with ease and quality!
To add to the vibrant colour scheme of the show is the set. An amazing staircase that rotates as it rises from the main stage, a fly screen for narrative scenes and freeze frames and gigantic bones for Scar’s hideout. Everything is so realistic you believe you’re there, interacting with the characters! There’s also stampeding animals that come over hills getting closer and closer to the audience, and (my favourite) trapezes and safety harnesses enabling actors and actresses to perform dangerous stunts! The lighting and technical effects were also very realistic using both lightning and strobe lighting in the scene when Mufasa dies. The costumes are another component that makes the show so enjoyable. Hyenas with tails and long necks and life-size Elephants which can be ridden. There were beautiful headdresses and multicoloured feathery dresses adding magic intertwined with the basics.
The choreography is also of a high standard along with everything else in the production and many of the cast are professional dancers with incredible skills especially the Young Nala whose energetic hand springs fit perfectly with her character.
Overall Disney’s lion king is a remarkable experience for families, school-aged children (and younger if they are familiar with the story) and anyone who loves musicals! It’s a must see when in London and will have you singing for weeks on end. Acuna matata!
By Kathryn Monkcom
Student, Episkopi Primary School
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